PROPOSAL DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2014
Loyola University Chicago, 16-19 October, 2014
The conference aims at locating works — of both restored Jesuits and their colleagues from women’s religious orders — within the specific experiential context of building an American nation. The stories of these men and women provide studies in what Thomas Tweed has termed “Crossing and Dwelling” (2006): the crossings and dwellings of refugees from European exclusions; transatlantic immigrants; multilingual and transnational identities; settlers in ethnic urban cores; boundary-dwellers in frontier peripheries.
In order to give examples of historiographical approaches the conference hopes to foster, a Tumblr page has been set up: scholars are urged to consult the posts and Tag Index for preferred topics. They are also invited to post reports of research in progress, forthcoming dissertations, archival possibilities, and other emerging resources.
Approaches being sought include:
Please send a 250-500-word proposal and a brief summary of your research interests and career to date to:
Kyle Roberts (email@example.com)
Stephen Schloesser (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The deadline for the proposal is February 1, 2014.
Participants with accepted proposals will be notified by April 1, 2014.
Conference website: http://blogs.lib.luc.edu/jesuitrestoration2014/
"The era of the new frontier has ceased."
Front page editorial on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Mundelein College Skyscraper, 4 December 1963.
Members of the Mundelein College Class of 1965 shared memories of the Kennedy assassination as part of an oral history project conducted by Dr. Prudence Moylan in 1977, made available by the Women and Leadership Archives:
Mundelein College Archives, Women and Leadership Archives , Loyola University Chicago. Used with permission.
Catholic Educational Exhibit, World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago
An inventory of the Catholic Educational Exhibit, World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Photographs at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
FROM THE WEBSITE:
In May 1890, a group of Catholic educators and members of clergy and religious orders met and decided that a Catholic Educational Exhibit at the 1892 World’s Fair, also called the World’s Columbian Exposition, would be a fabulous way to showcase advances in Catholic education as an important part of American Christianity. The exhibit would also be a way to favorably present American Catholicism to the general citizenry, and the Catholic Congress that met in Boston in July 1890 agreed.
The Catholic Congress appointed a committee that in turn sent out an invitation for Catholic education institutional leaders and others interested in Catholic education to meet in Chicago on October 8, 1890. The twenty-one representatives that attended agreed an exhibit could potentially assist in eliminating or significantly decreasing animosity towards Catholics in general and their education system because there was simply not much known about it among non-Catholics. By December 1890, a pamphlet with information on compiling material for exhibits had been mailed to various education institutions, including grade schools and colleges. The board of directors met two more times, once at the Columbus Club in Chicago on July 1, 1891, and again at the Lindell Hall in St. Louis on November 30, 1891. At the final meeting, the board of directors recommended appointment of executive officers and how the CEE would be supported financially. Cardinal and archbishops agreed with the report and named J. L. Spalding, the Bishop of Peoria, the president and Brother Maurlein, president of Christian Brothers College (now University) in Memphis, the secretary and manager. Brother Maurlein’s appointment may have been due to the strong presence of the Christian Brothers’ educational exhibits at previous world’s fairs. As a final sign of the exhibit’s potential, Pope Leo XIII stated his support in a letter dated July 20, 1892.
An important aspect of the Catholic Educational Exhibit may very well have been to counter efforts of the American Protective Association (APA), which claimed that Catholics wished to impose their values on public schools. Beginning in 1869 in Cincinnati, Ohio, incidents between Catholics, the public schools, and national and state governments occurred, especially in the late 1880s and early 1890s in other Midwest states. Established in Clinton, Iowa, in 1887, by Henry Bowers, the APA sought to elect anti-Catholic officials and reached its most powerful point in 1894 before declining in the late 1890s. To the APA, the growing number of problems with Catholics and the public schools appeared to be an assault for a Catholic takeover. The takeover would not necessarily have to be through direct control, but could also be as a result of Catholics draining public funds for their schools, which the APA believed produced wicked children. The Catholic Educational Exhibit would make a strong stand for the positive aspects of the religion in a part of the country where the APA had decided to try and win significant political power in 1892 and 1893.
Within the Catholic community, the discussion as to whether Catholic education should be a part of the American education system became a more pressing issue as more and more Catholics immigrated to America by the mid-19th century. READ MORE …